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Shape and build a bespoke gap year + navigate the complexity of pandemic travel.

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Welcome to Leap VIP

Dear Gappers,

On the back of talking to many a gapper and their family throughout the last year we realised there was a need to share our travel expertise to give confidence and solutions for the gapper, helping them plan a bespoke overseas travel itinerary whilst navigating the complex world of pandemic travel responsibly.

This 'need' led us to set up LEAP VIP, a centralised knowledge hub where the gapper can access hot off the press travel advice, our global network of contacts, and itineraries. Last year LEAP VIP helped many a gapper travel around Africa and Central America – for inspiration, read this article written in the Telegraph by two past LEAP VIPers.

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LEAP VIP is perfect for the independent traveller and for those who are planning to travel independently after their Team Leap program.

Once you have signed up to Leap VIP we advise you to book a zoom chat with me, Milly, to start planning and shaping your gap year.

Look forward to meeting you,

Milly

Shape and build a bespoke gap year through Leap VIP and navigate the complexity of pandemic travel.


Benefits of Leap VIP

You will access an up-to-date travel resource to navigate the opening up of the globe, giving you the confidence and know how to travel once again. Follow us on @gapyearexperts - for update alerts.

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Gap consultation Discuss your travel plans

Chat through your gap plans

Once you are a VIP customer, we highly recommend you book a zoom call to chat through your plans with Milly. She is our travel guru and her font of knowledge is extensive when it comes to what is looking possible in these weird times.

A zoom with Milly will help give direction, hope and a realistic overview of safe /responsible paths to think about.

Her diary is accessed when you book onto Leap VIP


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Where Whose borders are open?

Where in the world can we go?

Now we have nailed an insurance company to look after you regardless of the FCDO advice, the world has opened up for the backpacker.

Currently you can go to a few countries in each continent - they want you to go there, we have agents ready to help organise you and an incident support team arranged to jump in should there be an trouble.

So, dust down the rucksack...


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Insurance Who's covering corona?

Is a pandemic covered?

No is the simple answer, and before lock down a pandemic was tucked away in the small print - an absurd idea fictionalised by the movies.

Alas even the old and the bold were caught out and the ancient rules for the travel industry meant we were the guys who had to pay the customer back for services undelivered. It was a messy business.

Anyway, moving forward new rules are in place and if a country opens its international borders then COVID-19 is now not deemed a pandemic and falls into the normal illness bracket and will be treated as such.

Am I insured if the FCDO advices against traveling there?

Most, in fact all insurance policies do not insure you if the FCDO says no BUT we have found a way around that. We have persuaded an insurance company, who pre-covid, only insured journalists to war torn countries to step in and cover the young traveller of today. So in a nutshell - if a border is open you can now go.

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Incident response team 24/7 back-up and support

24/7 Back-Up and Support

Again, we have persuaded a company who only covered high profile corporations to widen their 24/7 service to the young traveller. They are amazing and right now having access to their network whilst you travel will key. They give advice from lost passports, accidents to borders closing. Do not leave home without their number.

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Leap endorced projects Go direct

Peak inside our little black book...

Never did we think we would ever consider doing this but throughout lock down we met some gorgeous people and projects around the world - people doing extraordinary things and are battling on against all odds to keep their mission alive.

For those travellers happy to go direct - I will happily introduce you knowing that we have vetted them and given them The Leap gold star. Our mantra being - would Guy and I send our kids there....

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Alerts Join us on social media

Social media

@gapyearexperts is where you need to be.

Never have we been more dependent on this - instagram is the place where we will notify you of all travel update - so please follow us.

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Flights Access to our corporate team

Flight back-up

Now is not the time to book cheap flights - now is the time to book through an agent, a human being even, who can help and direct you with your flight. All VIP members will be introduced to our corporate team who are amazing.

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Health and safety Testing and quarantine

Swab testing and QR codes

Just the beginning - before departure there's is going to be ever changing admin the airport is going to be busy, despite no shops being open.

When each country opens up we will have this on hand to share with you all.


Your next steps

This private hub of Leap VIP has been created to help the new generation of gappers navigate the unchartered and choppy waters of international travel.

We are asking for a one off annual subscription fee of £150 which is non-refundable BUT it is redeemable off leap programs. It's a win, win purchase.

If you are unsure give us a quick call and we can talk you through it: 01672 519922.

Only when you're a member can then access Milly's diary on line for a gap year consultancy, via zoom.

Read our booking conditions.

Subscription Cost

One off subscription fee

Benefits of the hub

First to hear

You'll hear of border openings 48 hours before anyone else.

Travel Admin

You'll know exactly what needs to be done to enter each country.

Independent travel

Top tips from those in the know, to help you travel safely.

Inspiration

Chat to Milly and maybe do something you may never have thought of.

Who are we?

Where to start - Guy and I have run The Leap for what seems like a life time and the last year has certainly played with our heads. But challenge is what we do and we are excited about this resource for the year of corona hit gappers. Their are solutions for you to travel - we are finding them and will steer you along a safe and measured path.

This resource has come together with the help of our friends all over the world and it will be your one stop travel shop.

Be part of this community and we will help you travel safely and responsibly.

"​I highly recommend first time travellers to use the Leap"

The trip to Madagascar is incredible as you get to experience such a diverse, beautiful island. The locals are super friendly and life on camp is great as you start to feel like a family. As the leap is one of three volunteering schemes on the same camp it’s easy to make lots of friends. Scuba diving was the most amazing experience.

Teaching was very very rewarding and made it easier to make friends with the local community. As I was ill whilst out there I can honestly say that The Leap was definitely worth the price as I was cared for very well and had someone come to hospital with me and translate everything as well as being very kind and caring. Overall, Madagascar was an amazing trip and I will definitely go back.

- Lucy Newman

"Confidence and reassurance"

Thank you Milly and team for all you have done in giving Gemma the experience of a lifetime. I don't underestimate the complications and issues that you have overcome in getting the group onto this amazing programme during a global pandemic. The confidence you have give Gemma and the reassurance that we have received has been immense and we are recommending you to anyone who will listen!

- Suze Raby

"Team were amazing"

Thanks so much for your kind email, I am sorry that I only have just seen it now! That evening was definitely a scary shock but it has now made me so much aware about going out at night.

The leap team were also amazing and I cannot thank Chris and Meli enough for helping me both at the hospital and then the following morning when dealing with insurance. My mum is also very, very grateful that you guys have been there to help the entire time!


- Anonymous

"Unstinting & cheerful help!"

Just to say Ollie got to CR & has now met up with his friends! Quite a journey! Thanks to you & all the Leap team for your unstinting & cheerful help! I fear I may be in touch in due course about exiting CR but meanwhile best of luck with all your current trips & I’ll leave you in peace!


- Julia Rooth

"I can’t think of a better company"

Clementine has just finished her Costa Rican adventure with you and has absolutely loved it. She says it was fantastic from start to finish and the group couldn’t have asked for a better team looking after them led by Chris. The same applies to you too. You have been brilliant from the get-go and nothing seems to have daunted you – ever! Getting the children out there was no mean feat and your ability to switch the programme to Costa Rica from Cuba at such short notice was very impressive. The photo at the beginning was a great touch and you have been incredibly responsive to every query however small. Thank you both for everything, I can’t think of a better company to have used for Clementine’s trip.

- Tania ( mum )

"How fantastic you all are"

We really can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to make this amazing adventure happen, and for all the hand holding for Mimi and us along the way! It’s incredible that they have managed to have as close to normal a gap year as it must be possible to have right now and we are enormously enormously grateful to you and everyone at The Leap who has helped make this happen. Thank you. We have been spreading the good word about how fantastic you all are!

- Selina ( mum )

"Your support is very much appreciated"

We knew in choosing The Leap she was travelling with your ‘safety blanket’ and so it proved. . Rachel at Trailfinders is also just the best. Very best wishes for continued success in such a challenging environment. The Leapers who are able to travel this year owe you and your team lots of gratitude for getting them away (and back!!).


- Anne ( mum )

"Change the course of their lives"

I am filled with admiration at all the trouble you have taken over every detail, so much appreciated when filling in all those damn forms! And it was brilliant that you kept us all (in our case 3 generations!) involved and informed about the changing situation every day. It has been so difficult for this group of 18 year olds unable to do their A levels properly and with all the attendant problems of the pandemic. I think the programmes you are offering may well change the course of their lives not only for the future of the planet but also by giving them opportunities to work hard together at the same time as having fun. Huge thanks and congratulations, I’m telling everyone how fantastic you are!

- Caromy (Grandmother)

"Quite an extraordinary responsibility"

Thank you, Milly. You've been an absolute star - quite an extraordinary responsibility and you're doing it admirably. Great friend of ours, has signed up for Namibia in March after hearing about Skye's adventures ahead...


- Katie Turnbull

Get in contact

With the covid travel experts

Worried about how to travel and plan your gap year through this pandemic?

We can help. We have sent lots of gappers away through the last 10 months and can confidently call ourselves Covid Travel Experts. Get in contact to start the ball rolling.


Or give us a call on +44 1672 519 922

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